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The environment surrounding universities is changing rapidly, with a further decline in the 18-year-old population, the arrival of the 100-year lifespan, Society 5.0 due to the sophistication of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the progress of globalization. University staff are required to have the ability to accurately steer with an eye on the future, accurately analyze environmental changes and social needs, reflect them in organizational decision-making, and lead to the realization of education, research, and social contribution, which are the social missions of the university.
This SD seminar is primarily targeted at young and mid-career staff, and aims to develop human resources who will lead the next generation of each university. This is a place of “cross-border learning” where people of similar ages from national, public, and private universities and junior colleges gather and compete with each other for a long period of several months, generating strong interactions, which is the crucial difference from SD programs conducted at individual universities. In addition, there are public presentations and reports at the end of the program, and the program is different from other similar programs in that it is not “left alone” or “listened to”, but is compiled into a solid policy proposal (such as proposals for work improvement and new business proposals for the workplace), and there are several support mechanisms for this purpose.
Graduates have shared their impressions of concrete results and changes in behavior, such as “I was able to build a lifelong network with other university staff,” “I was able to relearn the basics of higher education,” “I became able to collect and summarize information and make recommendations based on facts and logic,” and “I became interested in higher education in general and started reading various reports and industry papers.” It’s only a few months, but it’s still a few months. We hope you
will take on the challenge as a step to improve yourself, gain strength, and enrich your one and only life as a university staff member.

Event Outline

venue Campus Plaza Kyoto
Capacity 16 people (screening will be conducted based on application documents)
subject Those who meet either ① or ② below: ① Those who have
more than 3 years of work experience as a university employee at the time of starting the SD Seminar
② Those who have work experience before joining a university and who are judged by their affiliated university to meet the participation condition of ① above
*A letter of recommendation will be required separately.
Entry Fee For those enrolled in the University Consortium Kyoto member universities and junior colleges: 20,000 yen
For those not listed above: 60,000 yen
*Please note that tuition fees cannot be refunded once paid.
Application Deadline April 24, 2024 (Wednesday)

Organized by: The Consortium of Universities, Kyoto

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Training content

Date and time Theme and lecturer
Episode 1 May 25 (Sat)
, SD Seminar (Administrative Notice)
, SD Seminar Preparation (Messages from Graduates)
14:50-17:30 Fundamentals of Academic Writing
– How to convert a “problem awareness” into a concrete “question” –
Lecturer: Takashi Sakamoto (Associate Professor, Department of General Education, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University)
Episode 2 June 1 (Sat)
University Systems, Laws, and Organizations
: Understanding University Education-related Systems, Laws, and Organizations for High-Quality Work: Speaker
: Tsunetaka Miyabayashi
(Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Director of Science Management Division
(concurrently Director of Academic Affairs Division))
Episode 3 June 8 (Sat)
Academic literacy and policy proposal report
– Understanding academic literacy and starting your research –
Speaker: Takamichi Murayama (General Affairs Department Manager, Corporation Secretaria, Kyoto Bunkyo Gakuen)
Episode 4 June 15 (Sat)
Universities and Society: The Meaning of Regional Collaboration and the Role of Universities
Lecturer: Masamine Fukao (Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Ryukoku University)
Episode 5 June 22 (Sat)
Educational management for quality assurance of university education
– Discussion and advice for promoting educational management at your own school –
Speaker: Takeo Nishino
(Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration, Educational Development and Learning Support Office, Kyoto Tachibana University)
Episode 6 June 29th (Sat)
University Strategy and Leadership – Building an Organization that Creates Strategies –
Speaker: Hiromichi Yoshitake
(Auditor, Information and Systems Research Organization / President, Tokyo Kasei Gakuin /
Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba)
Episode 7 July 6th (Sat)
Branding and Student Recruitment – How to Proceed with University Branding –
Speaker: Kenji Kamijo (Professor, Department of Regional Business, Faculty of Management, Aichi Toho University)
Episode 8 July 13th (Sat)
University-High School-College Collaboration and High School-College Connection
: Thinking about high school-college connections from the perspective of high school education.
Speaker: Katsumi Arase (Chairman of the Japan Teachers’ Education and Training Organization)
Episode 9 July 20th (Sat)
Universities and Higher Education Policy – Looking at universities from the perspective of higher education policy –
Speaker: Hiroshi Matsuzaka (Director General of the General Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Debriefing session September 14th (Sat)
Public Presentation
training September 21 (Sat)
Public Presentation Follow-up Training
Instructors: Satoru Kanda (Career Support Division, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University)
   Junichi Honda (Assistant Director, General Affairs Division, Kyoto Tachibana University)

* The affiliation and title of the lecturer are as of March 2024.
* The above implementation times and programs are tentative and may be subject to change.
* The end time of the public presentation will vary depending on the number of students.

2024 SD Seminar Application Guidelines [Click here for details]

Comments from SD Seminar Graduates

It is published in Kyomachiya News and the SD Guidebook (2023 edition).
Kyomachiya News: Voices of graduates ①

SD Guidebook (2023 edition): Voices of graduates ②③


There are two ways to apply for this course. Please check the notes on application methods.

  • Institutional application: Apply through your affiliated university or junior college
  • Individual application: Application by an individual

[How to apply]

Institution Application Individual application
[STEP 1]
Please fill in the necessary information on the “Application Form” and apply by email attachment through your affiliated university, etc.
* If there are multiple applicants from the same university, please fill in the “Priority List” with the applicants’ names in order of priority and submit it together with the “Application Form.”

Note: When compiling applications at each university, please set an internal deadline so that it meets the application deadline listed below.

Please fill in the necessary information on the “Application Form” and apply by attaching it to an email.

Note: Before applying, please check whether your home university accepts institutional applications.

Please download the “Application Form” and “Priority List” forms from the “Application Form” below and apply by attaching them to an email.
* Individual applicants do not need the “Priority List”.
To apply: sd■consortium.or.jp (please replace ■ with @)
Subject of email: [SD Seminar Application] (affiliation, name, etc.)
Application deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 (must arrive by this date)
[STEP 2]
Applicants will be screened based on their application documents.
[STEP 3] Notification
of enrollment status
You will be notified by email via your affiliated university in mid-May . Recipients will be notified by email in mid-May.
[STEP 4]
Send relevant documents
After you have been approved, we will send you the following documents:
Course information
, course fee invoice
, and syllabus.
[STEP 5] Pay
the course fee
Please transfer the donation to our designated account by the specified due date.

[Application Form]

Please download the application form and send it by email to sd■consortium.or.jp (please change ■ to @).

 ①2024 SD Seminar Application Form [Click here for details]
 ②2024 SD Seminar Priority List [Click here for details]

*If there are multiple applicants from the same university, please fill in the “Priority List” with the applicants’ names in order of priority and submit it together with the “Application for Course Entrance.”

Submit your application form and contact details

The Consortium of Universities Kyoto, Public Interest Foundation Educational Development Division (SD Project Division)
e-mail: sd■consortium.or.jp (Please change ■ to @ when sending)
Campus Plaza Kyoto, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216
TEL: 075-353-9163 FAX: 075-353-9101
*Reception hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 17:00 (excluding New Year’s holidays)

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